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  1. Gezza

     /  October 10, 2018

  2. Gezza

     /  October 10, 2018

    UN voices ‘serious concern’ over disappearance of Khashoggi
    Comments by the UN human rights body comes amid the growing chorus of concern over the fate of the Saudi journalist.

    The United Nations human rights office has called on Turkey and Saudi Arabia to properly investigate the fate of prominent Saudi journalist and regime critic Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week.

    “If reports of his death and the extraordinary circumstances leading up to are true, this is truly shocking,” spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said during a press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday.

    Shamdasani’s comments come shortly after US President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo all expressed concern regarding Khashoggi’s whereabouts.

    “I am concerned. I don’t like hearing about it. Hopefully, that will sort itself out,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. “Right now, nobody knows anything about it. There are some pretty bad stories going around. I do not like it.”

    Khashoggi, a US resident, has written articles over the past year critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. On the eve of his planned marriage to a Turkish woman, he entered the consulate on October 2 and has not been seen since.
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/voices-concern-disappearance-khashoggi-181009094447288.html
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    Western European countries still pretty quiet about it. Possibly more bothered by the Russians. They don’t sell arms to the Russians or buy oil from them & the Russians have been poisoning people.

    • Gezza

       /  October 10, 2018

      US State Department spokesperson – a bit awkward being them, really.

      and Aljaz

  3. Gezza

     /  October 10, 2018

    Aljaz TV reporting:

    US PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ACCEPTED RESIGNATION OF UN AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY.

    TRUMP SAYS SHE WILL LEAVE HER POST AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

    • Gezza

       /  October 10, 2018

      A lot of head-scratching about why she has resigned at this time, just before the mid-term elections. Reasons unclear. Trump’s apparently told her he hopes she returns to the administration & can have pretty much any job she likes. Doesn’t seem to be a disagreement with Trump ?

      • Gezza

         /  October 10, 2018

        Doesn’t have any set plans. Reviewed all the US has achieved,including getting NATO pay more various other things Trump has pursued like Iran, making the US respected again – if not liked by everybody at least respected & is satisfied. Going out on a high.

        She told the president earlier in the year maybe two years would be long enuf. Not leaving until the end of the year, plenty of time to hand over to next UN Ambassador. Thanks Mr President, it’s been an honour. No she’s not running for 2020. She’s campaiging for 2020 supporting the president.

      • Gezza

         /  October 10, 2018

        Interesting comments from Aljaz UN political editor. Word around the UN is that she is politically ambitious, very politically astute, gone along with Trump because his pro-Israel and other political positions match hers. Very well placed to run in the future as a Republican candidate for first woman President, should she choose to do so and should Trump not be in the running.

  4. Missy

     /  October 10, 2018

    A couple of illegal migrants weren’t quite as clever as they thought when they stowed away on a lorry to get to the UK, only to find out the driver wasn’t kidding when he said he wasn’t going home. They found themselves on the way to Holland instead.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6256067/British-trucker-films-stowaways-begging-stop-realise-going-Holland-not-UK.html

  5. Rickmann

     /  October 10, 2018

    “Young people, don’t vote.” So insulting. Unlike myself and many of my MPS (Male, Pale and Stale) friends and family , Gezza and his ilk obviously do not have children or grand children and hence realise how their welfare and future prospects dominates our concerns and thinking. Simplistic, PC crap, like so much “progressive commentary.”

    • Gezza

       /  October 10, 2018

      Gezza and his ilk

      I don’t have an ilk. I think that’s a hilarious video, obviously intended to get young people to register and vote, in the expectation most of them will probably vote Democrat. Simplistic PC crap is the bread and butter of both Republicans and Democrats in the US.

  6. Rickmann

     /  October 10, 2018

    “Western European countries still pretty quiet about it. Possibly more bothered by the Russians. They don’t sell arms to the Russians or buy oil from them & the Russians have been poisoning people.” Ah, I don’t want reality to intrude too much on your world, but might I suggest that you look at the data on which country is by far the dominant supplier of petroleum (that is oil and gas by the way) to Europe.

    • Gezza

       /  October 10, 2018

      You’re intruding too much on my world. How are they doing on arms sales?

    • Gezza

       /  October 10, 2018

      Interesting

      Europe’s relations with Russia are at their lowest point in decades. At the same time, the Continent’s buying more Russian natural gas than ever. Europe vowed to free itself from the Russian stranglehold on its energy supply, after gas shipments headed west were twice disrupted. Now a plan to double Russian gas shipments to Germany, the biggest buyer, through a new pipeline is dividing European leaders and becoming a growing worry for the U.S. There are fears the links will enhance Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ability to use natural gas to squeeze critics and reward allies.
      More…
      https://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/russian-gas

  7. sorethumb

     /  October 10, 2018

    Larry King on (the real ) Donald Trump [41:00]